Pest Control for Malls and Shopping Centers
Pest control in malls, shopping centers, and large retail or "big box" stores is challenging because of the sheer size of the buildings, the wide variety of stores and kinds of items that are sold, the long hours of operation, and the need to perform pest management services in a discreet and inconspicuous manner that doesn't detract from the relaxed, welcoming, consumer-friendly environment.
Pest management professionals who service malls and shopping centers need broad knowledge of different types of pest control, but they also need a flexible attitude toward their work that allows them to quickly respond to unexpected situations. Most of all, they need to take pride in the mall -- to consider it their own, as it were -- and to take personal satisfaction that their work, though unseen, is contributing to the comfort of the mall's guests and the success of its retailers.
The reason for this is that pest control technicians servicing large shopping centers work almost entirely without supervision most of the time. They wander through the buildings looking for problems that no one else knows about, and in fact it's their job to solve those problems before anyone else else ever knows about them. A mall is not the kind of account that can be reduced to a simple service schedule. It's a sprawling complex, and to be effective, the pest control professional has to get to know every nook and cranny of it.
That's why Dayton Exterminating assigns only our finest, most reliable and knowledgeable technicians to malls and shopping centers, and then gives them everything they need to service them -- including the authority to make decisions on-the-spot to address the myriad variety of pest problems that can occur at a large retail shopping complex.
Common Pests of Malls and Shopping Centers
Because of their vastness and the variety of stores and products that are sold, malls and shopping centers are susceptible to literally any sort of pest problems. But the most commonly-encountered ones are:
Commensal rodents, including Norway rats and house mice. Rats are usually found outside a mall, most commonly by the receiving and waste-disposal areas. Very often exterior, tamper-resistant bait stations are needed in the areas in addition to close sanitation monitoring and non-chemical exclusion. Mice are more commonly found in the stores themselves, especially under gondolas and in storage areas.
Common food-associated flying insects such as.
Fruit flies, fungus gnats, Indian meal moths, grain beetles, rice weevils, and carpet beetles are common in food courts, taverns, and stores that sell items like pasta, potpourri, or other dried plant products.
Cockroaches, such as German cockroaches, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches, are common in food areas, mechanical spaces, utility tunnels, receiving ares, and waste-disposal areas. They can also become problems in rest rooms.
Bed bugs are an emerging threat in the retail industry. They're usually found in returned-good areas and fitting rooms of clothing stores; but they're also becoming common pests of restaurants (especially in seating booths), massage chairs, furniture stores, and waiting rooms of all kinds of businesses.
Raccoons are not technically "pests," but they're common nuisance animals around malls. They're usually found near the dumpsters and receiving areas.
There are others, of course, but the ones above are the most common pests at malls and shopping centers in the Dayton area and throughout the Miami Valley.
Please contact us for more information about how we can help you maintain a pest-free, shopper-friendly environment at your mall or shopping center. We service shopping centers in Dayton and throughout the Miami Valley.